Alexander Springs Wilderness

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Alexander Springs Wilderness sign

Encompassing 7,941 acres, this wilderness area between Alexander Springs and Lake Dexter - one of the many lakes in the St. Johns River chain of lakes - is a trackless place, with a paddle down the spring run your primary option to explore the mosaic of hardwood swamp, hardwood forest, and scrub habitats.

Expect to see ancient shell middens beneath dense shoreline vegetation, and small islands topped with cypress and palm trees, as well as otters, wading birds, deer, and alligators. 

Alexander Springs Wilderness sign Alexander Springs Wilderness Kayaking Alexander Run Echo Pond in the Alexander Springs Wilderness

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 24 hours
Area Amenities: Boat ramp
Fees Fee of $6 for launching inside Alexander Springs Recreation Area
  • Motorized vehicles are not permitted.
  • Visitors must pack out any waste.
  • Follow Leave No Trace principles: pack it in, pack it out; do not disturb wildlife; leave what you find; camp and travel on durable surfaces; minimize use and impact of campfires; and be sure to let someone know where you’re going.
Checking in at a district office is a good idea, to inform someone of your travel plans and get the latest info on weather conditions. The staff can also inform you about any campfire ban in effect during times of high fire danger.
Closest Towns: Altoona (16 miles) and Astor (13 miles)
Information Center: View an interactive map of the wilderness area on

General Information


From Altoona: At the intersection of FL19 and Bent Tree Road, head north. In about 5 miles, turn right on County Road 445. Follow this road for 6 miles, then turn right on Forest Road 18. After 2 miles, turn right and continue on Forest Road 18. 52 Landing will be at the end of the road, about 3 miles.

From Astor: From the bridge over the St. Johns River in Astor, head west on FL40. After about 2.5 miles, turn left onto County Road 445A. In another 0.5 miles, turn left onto County Road 445. In 5 miles, turn left onto Forest Road 18. After 2 miles, turn right and continue on Forest Road 18. 52 Landing will be at the end of the road, about 3 miles.

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Boat ramp At 52 Landing
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